New Zealand Neurologic EHV-1: Seven Horses Euthanized

Thirteen horses on the property had been affected by neurologic EHV-1. Of those, seven have been euthanized.
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New Zealand’s first reported neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak has claimed several equine victims on the one affected property. As of Feb. 2, 13 horses on the property had been affected by neurologic EHV-1, Andre van Halderen, principal advisor for the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), told The Horse via e-mail received Feb. 7.

"Of the 13 horses, seven have been euthanized," he said. "The other affected horses are receiving supportive care."

No new cases have been reported on the property since Feb. 2, van Halderen said; still, the MPI is working closely with the New Zealand equine industry and the affected property.

"MPI is investigating movement of horses on and off the affected property; however, it is likely that the origin of the virus on this property may never be known," he explained. "It could have arrived relatively recently, or it may be that the disease was triggered in a horse that had been a latent carrier for a long time

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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